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How to Spend 3 Days in Fortaleza

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How to Spend 3 Days in Fortaleza
Perched on the northeastern coast of Brazil, Fortaleza is the gateway to some of the country’s most magnificent beaches and coastal scenery. With three days, you’ll have time to visit the cultural sites, sample regional cuisine, and party at the city’s legendary forró clubs, as well as enjoying a day trip to the surrounding beaches. Here’s how.

Day 1: City Sightseeing and Cocktails
Get your bearings in Fortaleza by joining a city tour—as one of Brazil’s largest cities, having transport will save a lot of time. Admire landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Iracema Statue, and the President Castelo Branco Mausoleum; visit the Museum of Ceara to learn about the region’s indigenous heritage; then browse the stalls at the Central Market or shop for traditional handicrafts at the Center of Tourism.

Drive along the seafront Avenida Beira Mar, with views over Iracema and Meireles beaches, and time your arrival at the Fish Market for lunch—Fortaleza is renowned for its fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Cachaça Museum, where you can sample Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha. Save time by prebooking your tickets with transfers from Fortaleza and combine it with a visit to the iPark Tourist Complex, where activities include horseback riding, ziplining, and water sports. Back in the city, make your way to the Ponte de Ingleses to watch the sun go down. 

Day 2: Sun, Sea, and Waterslides  
Just north of Fortaleza, the fishing village of Cumbuco is renowned for its white-sand beaches and stunning coastal scenery, and it’s close enough to explore on a half-day tour. In the afternoon, Fortaleza’s four urban beaches—Mucuripe, Meireles, Iracema, and Futuro—are all worth a visit, but Futuro is the best for swimming and just east of downtown. A fun alternative for families is the Beach Park, the largest water park in Latin America. It’s about a 45-minute drive from the center, so consider booking your tickets and transfers in advance. 

Save some energy for the evening hours; Fortaleza is renowned for its forró (traditional Brazilian music and dance) clubs. The Dragão do Mar cultural center has numerous options for bars, restaurants, and live music venues, while joining a barhopping tour means you’ll benefit from local recommendations and hotel transfers. 

Day 3: Take a Day Trip 
For your final day in Fortaleza, choose among different options for day trips. A couple of hours’ drive from the city is Lagoinha Beach, formerly a hideout for French pirates and now an idyllic fishing colony surrounded by towering red sand dunes. Alternatively, the coastal town of Morro Branco is known for its wind-sculpted red cliffs, multicolored sand dunes, and natural caves. To make the most of your time, combine a visit with stops at the beach towns of Praia das Fontes and Canoa Quebrada along the way. You could even head north to Jericoacoara Beach on a long day tour from Fortaleza. With its powder-white sands and year-round sunshine, it’s renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in northern Brazil. 
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Morro Branco Day Trip from FortalezaDay Trips

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Morro Branco Day Trip from Fortaleza

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Discover the stunning landscape of Morro Branco Bay, which has been used as a filming location for many series and films, on this full-day guided sightseeing tour from Fortaleza. This area, located in the Beberibe District, is home to rows of white and red sand dunes backed by lush tropical vegetation dotted with small ponds. Opt for a dune buggy ride (at your own expense) to explore the dunes and hidden grottos along the seashore.
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Traditional 3 Beaches in 1 Day - Canoa Quebrada -Saindo de Fortaleza by GirafaturDay Trips

Traditional 3 Beaches in 1 Day - Canoa Quebrada -Saindo de Fortaleza by Girafatur

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3 BEACHES IN 1 DAY !!! Morro Branco + Praia das Fontes + Canoa Quebrada Drive with departure from 7am from the first hotel in Fortaleza to Morro Branco and Praia das Fontes where you will stay for around 2 hours between labyrinth of colorful sand beach. And if you prefer to do the buggy ride, also know the Lagoa do Uruaú. Then it goes to Canoa Quebrada where it will remain until the 16 hours.
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Canoa Quebrada Premium, Fontes Beach and Morro Branco with BUGGY and GuideDay Trips

Canoa Quebrada Premium, Fontes Beach and Morro Branco with BUGGY and Guide

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Want to know the best beaches in Ceará? Canoa Quebrada, Morro Branco and Praia das Fontes are waiting for you. On this tour you will enjoy the beaches and during the tour you will enjoy the nature of the northeastern coast on top of a buggy. You will visit Morro Branco beach, known worldwide for its colorful cliffs, Fontes beach, which earned its name due to the freshwater springs from the cliffs and the beautiful Canoa Quebrada, with its coconut palms and a paradisiacal look.
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Lagoinha Beach from Fortaleza

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Explore Lagoinha Beach in the district of Paraipaba on this full-day trip from Fortaleza. A former hiding place for treasure buried by French pirates, this area is now a tranquil fishing village. Spend time lounging on the beach or strolling through the towering red dunes and swaying palm trees at your leisure. Opt for a dune buggy tour, a horseback riding excursion or a jaganda (sailboat) ride on Almecegas Pond.
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Shared Shuttle Between Fortaleza Airport and Cumbuco or Aquiraz Hotels

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Receive a professional airport transfer on a shared shuttle between Fortaleza Airport and Cumbuco or Aquiraz. Meet your English-speaking driver at the airport or your hotel and embark on a safe and convenient journey to your destination. Get to where you need to go with quick, reliable, and friendly service.
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Learn about Brazil’s national drink, cachaca, with this admission ticket to the Cachaca Museum and iPark Tourist Complex. This 19th-century mansion was the first industrial location of the famous Ypióca cachaca in Brazil and is filled with maps, documents, machinery, bottles, and more from the early days of the company. After the museum, enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities including zip lining, wakeboarding, and archery.
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Canoa Quebrada-Morro Branco Day Trip from Fortaleza

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Enjoy a full-day trip from Canoa Quebrada from Fortaleza. Visit locations such as Morro Branco, which features multicolored sand dunes and cliffs, and the beautiful scenery of Canoa Quebrada. Take part in outdoor adventures such as dune buggy rides, parasailing, horseback riding, and more—at your own expense—before heading back to the city.
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Jericoacoara Small-Group Day Trip from FortalezaDay Trips

Jericoacoara Small-Group Day Trip from Fortaleza

Explore the beautiful Jericoacoara region on a day trip from Fortaleza. Visit places such as the beautiful Lagoa Paraíso, the iconic Pedra Furada, and Jericoacoara beach for a day filled with sun and sand. Take a dip in the refreshing waters, soak up the Brazilian sunshine, and drive along the Sunset Dunes to see panoramic views of the national park during your trip.
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Beach Park Full-Day Trip Including Brief Tour of Fortaleza

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Enjoy a full-day tour of Fortaleza and the popular Beach Park. Begin your day with a quick tour of Fortaleza visiting landmarks such as the Central Market, the Martyr’s Square, Metropolitan Cathedral, and the statue of Iracema. After wandering the city, head to Beach Park—entrance fees not included—and spend the rest of the day relaxing in the lazy river or zipping down the world’s tallest water slide, the Insano Waterslide.
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Fortaleza City Tour Half-day Tours

Fortaleza City Tour

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Neste tour of approximately two hours of duration, we will visit the main tourist points of the city. We will pass by Avenida Beira Mar, a few days of Fortaleza, Bairro de Mucuripe, Praia do Futuro, Bairro do Aldeota and Bairro Boêmio. We will have three stops: at Catedral, at Ponte dos Ingleses, know as Ponte Metálica, and no Tourism Center.
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